Snow-goggles, most often made of carved wood, are a common object across a number of groups represented in the circumpolar ethnology collections. Snow-goggles are meant to be positioned on the face, over the eyes, and secured to the wearer’s head with a strap of skin or hide. The small opening in the goggles allows the wearer to see out, while protecting them from snow blindness—caused by the sun reflecting off the snow and bouncing harmful UV rays directly into one’s eyes causing temporary blindness. These particular goggles, collected by Roderick R. MacFarlane and accessioned into the collections in 1869, are different—they are made out of a wolverine’s head! If you look closely perhaps you can find the beading and embellishment added to them. While we can’t say for sure how, or if, these goggles may have been used differently than the more common wood goggles, it is safe to say they look pretty cool!
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